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U2TC, the renowned series for pre-1966 under two-litre touring cars continues to go from strength to strength. Considered by many to be the best touring car series in Europe for car preparation and driving standards, U2TC has four rounds for 2019, and wherever possible will host two 40-minute races.
Favoured by spectators for their sideways style, committed cornering speeds and front wheel-waving antics, U2TC races are guaranteed not to disappoint.
Harking back to the era when Touring Car racing was called the British Saloon Car Championship and the big names of the day were Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jackie Ickx, Jim Clark and Jack Sears amongst many others. This was an era before the days of lowered suspension, uprated brakes and other practices, and the grid still runs to these original regulations and rules today. The result is a closely matched grid of cars driven flat-out, all leaning into the corners, with their skipping back-ends desperately trying to overtake the front as the cornering speed defies the limited grip given up by their historic Dunlop L or M section tyres.
It is no surprise then, that this grid is highly contested with a range of serious motorsport professionals taking part. The Lotus Cortina appears to be the weapon of choice. First homologated in 1963, they dominated the British Saloon car scene with the era’s current F1 champion, Jim Clark, somehow finding the time to race them, in between his F1 commitments, making the marque famous. Alongside Clark was Jack Sears and they both clocked up multiple wins between 1963- 1966.
U2TC competitors will be kicking off their season at Donington Historic Festival before heading the the fast flowing Thruxton for a double header, then the Silverstone Classic followed by the Spa Six Hour weekend and rounding off their season at the Algarve Classic Festival.